Physical Therapy for Pediatrics & Teenagers
Injury Recovery and Healthy Movement for Growing Bodies.
The staff at South Orange Rehabilitation & Wellness work closely with children and families to help each child patient achieve greatness.
Whether physical therapy is necessary due to a chronic/congenital condition, or the need comes about, as a result, a sports injury, our tailored approach to client goals means your child is in great hands.
The physical therapists in South Orange NJ are second-to-none when it comes to working directly with children in a hands-on, gentle way. We also educate parents on helpful exercises to try at home, which can strengthen a young child’s body even quicker.
Pediatric patients bring joy to our office, and the staff looks forward to each increment of progress they make along the way.
Therapies to Address Illness or Chronic Conditions
Pediatric physical therapy can be helpful in addressing limitations and setbacks caused by a childhood disease, chronic conditions, genetic disorders, and other ongoing conditions. At South Orange Rehabilitation & Wellness office, we work with patients across a broad range of medical issues, including any of the following:
- Birth injuries
- Congenital differences in the length of limbs
- Developmental delays
- Muscular dystrophy
- Sensory difficulties
- Spina bifida
- Spinal cord trauma or disorder
- Traumatic brain injury
As you can see, the center treats a wide array of conditions and therefore offers a variety of physical therapy options for children. Whether working with an infant who is delayed in gross motor milestones, or a teenager overcoming the odds and working to take steps out of a wheelchair, our trained therapists will be there every small step of the way.
Illness and congenital conditions aside, the other major category of pediatric physical therapy involves rehabilitation from sports injuries. Adolescent and youth sports involvement is growing each year, meaning accidents and injuries continue to occur – and South Orange Rehabilitation & Wellness is prepared to meet the needs of a child with any of the following:
Injuries to the Back, Shoulder or Arms
Most contact sports (e.g., hockey, football, lacrosse) involve some sort of collision with the shoulders and/arms. Physical therapy can help if your child has experienced a broken bone, fracture, or is enduring chronic back pain possibly due to sports involvement. South Orange Rehabilitation & Wellness also works with children to strengthen and condition the injured areas to (hopefully) avoid re-injuring the area next season.
Legs, Knees & Hips
Hip and knee pain are not necessarily reserved for more seasoned patients. Many youth sports participants experience fracture and sprain to these areas, particularly as they practice and/or compete almost daily. South Orange Rehabilitation & Wellness works closely with children and parents to strengthen the leg after a traumatic break and will work diligently to manage pediatric patient expectations concerning the length of recovery time before being able to safely return to the field.
Hands & Wrists
The bones of the hands and wrists are delicate and can be very easily broken or fractured. A physical therapist can work closely with your child on strength and conditioning exercises as these bones heal and suggest ways to further fortify recovery using home exercises.
The Pediatric Approach
Pediatric patients do not always understand what is happening to them, why they feel pain, and why they are not getting better more quickly. We understand this and are sensitive to the unique needs of this patient group.
As you attend physical therapy with your child, you can expect our care providers to practice patience and kindness – while understanding the frustration your child may be feeling. For our youngest patients, we offer infant physical therapy programs that can promote healthy growth and development and believe that teaching positive patterns as early as possible can help ensure they meet (and exceed) their potential.
At South Orange Rehabilitation & Wellness, we are honored to work with children and adolescents in need of physical therapy. To get started, give us a call today: 973 761 0077.